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A car warranty covers you from unexpected costs if your car breaks down. The Car Expert has all the information you need to know.

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A warranty is a form of additional insurance cover against certain faults on your car. It does not override or replace your rights under the Consumer Rights Act, but it covers a wider range of faults which would not be acceptable reasons for rejecting the car altogether.

A warranty can save you thousands of pounds on mechanical repairs on your used car, offering protection against the cost of parts and labour if an insured component fails during ordinary use.

The Car Expert brings you regular information and advice about car warranties, as well as exclusive offers for our readers.

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What’s the difference? Car warranty vs. car insurance

It’s can be unclear what the difference is between a car warranty and car insurance, but they are different forms of consumer protection.

Is a used car warranty required by law?

New cars always come with a warranty, but what about a used car? Should you expect a use car warranty, and is it a legal requirement?

Understanding your warranty policy

There are important details you should look for or consider when buying a used car warranty policy. We explain the key points that matter.

Porsche named least reliable car brand

Car warranty provider Warrantywise names Porsche as the UK's least reliable car brand for 2022, with Land Rover and Jaguar also scoring poorly.

Honda named most reliable car brand

Car warranty provider Warrantywise has named Honda as the UK's most reliable car brand for 2022, ahead of Toyota and Suzuki.

Honda Jazz named the UK’s most reliable used car

Car warranty provider Warrantywise has named the UK's most reliable used cars, and the Honda Jazz is the pick of the bunch.

Range Rover named the UK’s most unreliable used car

Car warranty provider Warrantywise has named the UK's most unreliable cars, and the last-generation Range Rover tops the list.

Will a warranty save me money?

A used car warranty provides peace of mind in the event of an expensive failure, but does it actually save you money in the long term?

Can I buy a used car warranty at any time?

Your car’s manufacturer warranty is due to expire, or you want some mechanical cover for a used vehicle – can you buy a warranty policy whenever you please?

The UK’s best used car warranty providers

You’ve bought a used car and now you want some protection from unexpected expenses, so we've rounded up the top used car warranty providers.

Buying a used car warranty? Make sure it’s underwritten

What is underwriting on a used car warranty and why does it matter?

How do you claim on your car warranty? 

No matter how reliable your car has been over the years, sooner or later something will go wrong. If you have a warranty, how do you claim?

Car warranty jargon explained

Car warranty jargon can be confusing. Make sure you understand all the technical and legal terms before handing over your money.

Is a used car warranty really worth the money? 

Pay for cover you may not need, or hope you don't get a big repair bill? We help you decide whether a used car warranty is right for you.

Should my used car warranty be regulated?

A used car warranty can prove a smart investment, but only if you receive what you think you’re going to get if your car lets you down.

The top 10 car warranty claims in the UK

Warranty companies have shared their ten most common car warranty claims with The Car Expert. Here's what really goes wrong most often.

Warranty sales rise post-lockdown – but so do claims

Warranty sales and claims increased dramatically in March as drivers began returning to the roads, according to new industry data.

Seven ways to protect your new car investment

A car is a big investment, regardless of whether it's new or used. So what can you do to protect that investment and minimise your costs?

New car warranty – Do I have to have my car serviced by a dealership?

We clear up the confusion about whether car owners must have their cars serviced by a franchised dealership to protect their new car warranty.

Used car warranty – the law and your rights

If you are buying a second-hand car, there can be considerable confusion as to what to expect in terms of a used car warranty and what your rights are when something goes wrong.

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